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Ep. 91: Deloitte’s Tamika Tremaglio Finds Success By Going Out On A Limb

“My mother would always say to me the fruit is always out on the limb, and so you may have to stretch yourself a little bit. That’s where you actually get to grow. Those things that make you uncomfortable…that’s where you really have an opportunity to grow.”

In this episode, Tamika Tremaglio, Greater Washington Managing Principal for Deloitte, talks the importance of getting uncomfortable and why being authentic, grateful, and present are key to success.

“I think so often people don’t tell the real story. And that’s what really makes a difference.”

Tamika leads the largest audit, consulting, tax, and advisory practice in the DC area with more than 10,000 professionals, spending her days focusing on internal and external strategy, how to add more value to Deloitte’s clients, and corporate citizenship community activities.

As a child, Tamika wanted to be a lawyer, and her father always said she was a natural negotiator. She later discovered her passion for numbers and did her undergraduate degree in finance and political science. When Tamika went to law school, she started missing numbers, and so she decided to get her MBA at the same time. She crafted her own joint JD/MBA program to play to both of her strengths.

Her career began in tax at a massive organization, which she left to join a smaller private company. When that company sold, she joined Deloitte and has been there ever since. In making that first leap to a new company, she learned early on to take risks to maximize her career growth.

In this episode, Sally and Tamika discuss the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and how to create a diverse personal advisory board or “squad” to help you. Tamika shares that she has three different advisory boards – personal, operational and strategic!

“Very few people make it on their own in life.”

Sally and Tamika also discuss the trap of perfectionism, which seems to more often plague women in particular.

“It’s so much more important to be present than to be perfect.”